Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) : Institut de recherche du Mersey Tobeatic

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MTRI is a non-profit co-operative with a mandate to promote sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve and beyond through research, education, and the operation of a field station.

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MTRI Volunteers

There are many ways you can get involved in volunteering at MTRI. Students, staff, and researchers all need help with projects like Blanding's turtle nest protection, Monarch Butterfly Club, Old-growth forest monitoring, and loon watch, to name only a few. Get inspired by perusing trough our Volunteer News. Drop by MTRI, or contact one of our staff, to find out more.  


Volunteer Opportunities

We are currently looking for volunteers to help with searches for Ribbonsnakes as well as Boreal Felt Lichen. 

We are also looking for people to help around the field station or office.

Drop us a line and let us know when you are available!


Projects You Can Get Involved With:

Loon Monitoring

Loons in the SNBR have been studied extensively and community involvement has been crucial to that research. Residents that live on lakes and other volunteers record their sightings of Common Loon pairs and loon chicks and have greatly increased our understanding of one of Canadas most beloved species of bird.Let us know if you live near a lake or visit one regularly and would like to participate.


Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora

MTRI is studying the populations of Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora (approximately 90 species of plants) unique to Southwestern Nova Scotia in Canada. We are looking for volunteers to conduct habitat monitoring by taking photos of lakeshores and conduct water sampling on the 36 lakes to establish baseline data for water quality.


Boreal Felt Lichen

Boreal Felt Lichen is considered Critically Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). You can help by joining our staff, learning about lichens and helping with lichen surveys (experience not required, only enthusiasm!)


Turtle Nest Protection

Each year, for many years now, volunteers have contributed thousands (yes thousands) of hours toward the protection of turtle nests. Endangered turtles in Nova Scotia need the help of community members and volunteers to counteract increased predator populations, road mortality and other threats.


Ribbonsnake searches

The Eastern Ribbonsnake is elusive but with enough people helping out we can learn more about where this species lives and its behavior and ecology.


Planting butterfly gardens

MTRI, Kejimkujik and many other partners have been gardens that benefit butterflies (and many other insects). You can help us plant these community gardens or get information on how to create or modify your own garden.